A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Writers:

Paul Thomas Anderson (written for the screen by), Upton Sinclair (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Day-Lewis ... Daniel Plainview
Martin Stringer Martin Stringer ... Silver Assay Worker
Matthew Braden Stringer Matthew Braden Stringer ... Silver Assay Worker
Jacob Stringer Jacob Stringer ... Silver Assay Worker
Joseph Mussey Joseph Mussey ... Silver Assay Worker
Barry Del Sherman ... H.B. Ailman
Harrison Taylor Harrison Taylor ... Baby HW
Stockton Taylor Stockton Taylor ... Baby HW
Paul F. Tompkins ... Prescott
Dillon Freasier ... HW
Kevin Breznahan ... Signal Hill Man
Jim Meskimen ... Signal Hill Married Man
Erica Sullivan ... Signal Hill Woman
Randall Carver ... Mr. Bankside
Coco Leigh ... Mrs. Bankside
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Storyline

The intersecting life stories of Daniel Plainview and Eli Sunday in early twentieth century California is presented. Miner turn oilman Daniel Plainview is a driven man who will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. He works hard but he also takes advantage of those around him at their expense if need be. His business partner is his son H.W., who in reality he "acquired" when H.W.'s biological single father, who worked on one of Daniel's rigs, got killed in a workplace accident. Daniel is deeply protective of H.W. if only for what H.W. brings to the partnership. Eli Sunday is one in a pair of twins, whose family farm Daniel purchases for the major oil deposit located on it. Eli, the local preacher and a self-proclaimed faith healer, wants the money from the sale of the property to finance his own church. The lives of the two competitive men often clash as Daniel pumps oil off the property and tries to acquire all the surrounding land at bargain prices to be able to build a ... Written by Huggo

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There Will Be Greed. There Will Be Vengeance. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This is the first film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson not to feature Philip Seymour Hoffman, the only one before the latter's death. See more »

Goofs

When Daniel and young H.W. are heading to the Sunday ranch for the first time, a large white camping roll can be seen strapped to Daniel's backpack. When we cut to the shot of them from behind, walking to the ranch, the large white camping roll is strapped to a bag Daniel is carrying in his right hand. See more »

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Plainview: Now go. Go and play some more, and don't come back.
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There are no opening credits, except for the title. See more »

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Referenced in Future Man: There Will Be Borscht (2020) See more »

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Gradh Geal Mo Chridh
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A Powerful Blow
16 February 2008 | by pacific-oconnorSee all my reviews

Who is Paul Thomas Anderson? There is something about him that does't belong to this earth. That could be a compliment or not, it's all up to us. That's what make his cinema so damn unique. At the end of the day it's all up to us. But the abrasive way in which he visits universes and throws his views to us is so powerful, so arrogant, so enthralling, so infuriating that the experience leaves you baffled and suspicious. but also enchanted, transformed. Here, Daniel's saga could very well be the saga of a Hollywood maverick. So little time for sentimentality. Daniel Day Lewis seems to understand it all and he adds his unmistakable humanity to another monster, after his butcher in Gangs Of New York. His performance goes beyond anything we've seen recently anywhere. From Upton Sinclair to Paul Thomas Anderson via Daniel Day Lewis an unmissable work of art.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

25 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oil! See more »

Filming Locations:

Shafter, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$190,739, 30 December 2007

Gross USA:

$40,222,514

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,182,388
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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